One of my fave places to eat, RED PIG has closed…!!!
To be honest, I haven’t gone to this perennial fave Korean restaurant of mine lately, but a dongsaeng told me that the lady boss has gone back to Korea and another Korean restaurant, Wang Daebak has taken over Red Pig.
Oh well, guess I shouldn’t sob too much. Look on the bright side, at least it’s still a Korean barbecue place…
And…. I was ooh’ing and aah’ing over WE GOT MARRIED, ya? Have you watched it yet?
This Song Jae Rim – Kim So Eun couple is just exhilarating to watch, jinjja!! Even people who haven’t been watching We Got Married have taken to watching it again for this couple! Hehe, I even read of peeps wishing, praying, hoping that they’ll be airing We Got Married everyday instead of every Saturday!
Like I’d shared in the earlier post, I got so intrigued by the couple that I’d gone to watch SURPLUS PRINCESS just to see Song Jae Rim. But it was a very breezily short 10-episode drama, so I lapped it all up in no time.
Well, one thing led to another… and I decided to google what Kim So Eun‘s busy with lately. Oooooh! She’s headlining a TVN drama! I love love love TVN dramas!
It’s called LIAR GAME, and it’s an adaptation of a Japanese manga. Let me rephrase that, it’s a mighty successful Japanese manga and there were TV dramas (two seasons!!) and films adapted from it in Japan too!
Kim So Eun plays an innocent university student who got all tangled up in some TV show involving lying your way through the rounds to win the grand prize.
The guy on the left is LEE SANG YOON, who plays Professor Ha Woo Jin. He’s a genius at seeing through people’s lies. In fact, they refer to him as the human lie detector in the drama.
Hehe, just like in the drama, Lee Sang Yoon’s also a Seoul National University graduate in real life!
In case you didn’t know, that’s like the most prestigious university in Korea and the Koreans have a very very very high level of respect for SNU grads. I remember him from an episode in Running Man when the cast of Angel Eyes were guests on the show. There was some quiz round and he was really quite impressively smart! And oh, in case you’re curious, Lee Sang Yoon took physics in SNU…! They even used his real graduation photo in the drama!
And the other guy may look familiar to many of you. That’s Shin Sung Rok, the evil guy from My Love from the Star! He still plays the villain in this drama.
The drama just started its run on Monday, so only two episodes have been out so far. It airs every Monday and Tuesday.
I just caught up with the two episodes over the Deepavali holiday yesterday. And I really like it!
Looks like I ain’t the only one to like it, judging from the rather positive reviews like THIS and THIS.
Perhaps it helps that I didn’t read the Japanese manga or watch the J-drama or movie, which are supposedly very good. So I was totally without expectations… was pleasantly surprised at the unusual plot and the good pacing.
After a while, even Lee Sang Yoon’s drooping puppy eyes began to look attractive to me ^o^
Anyone watched Inspiring Generation? I know some of the KHJ fans amongst you might have.
I didn’t. Not a fan of KHJ’s acting and even less of a fan for period or most non-contemporary dramas. But those of you who had watched it will probably remember this guy.
Or maybe you’d watched The Moon That Embraces The Sun?
Yea, that’s a period drama, I know, but hehe, I’d watched that coz I was curious about Kim Soo Hyun after watching My Love From The Star. So, I couldn’t help but notice that cold, strong, silent imperial bodyguard of a friend…
Guess I’ve always had a thing for this kind of eyes – long, narrow sexy slits… (think So Ji Sub!)
Or maybe some of you might have seen him in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop? I read that he’s in that drama too *shrugs*
Why on earth am I talking about him? Coz he’s so hotfunnysmexycheesy… oh, he’s ALL OF THE ABOVE in We Got Married (WGM)!!
Seriously, the Song Jae Rim x Kim So Eun couple is like nothing you’ve ever seen on WGM before! And you’re talking to someone who’s watched quite many seasons and couples of We Got Married, k?
This couple is freaking exciting to watch, and they’re uber funny too! The LATEST ONE (EP 4) was so fabulously niiiiice! Watch watch!
Of course, it helps that he’s not just eye-candy on the face, he has an extremely hot body too! The sexy banter and even the omnipresent sexual tension are just toooooo…. riveting!
And they’re only at episode 4! Which means you can easily catch up if you ain’t already watching. I highly recommend! Really really really recommend!
Kim So Eun’s a wonderful delight too! Never would have I thought that the sweet young thing in Boys Over Flower packs such attractive feistiness!
What a purrrrrfect match! Pun fully intended coz they’re both cat lover and yes, they both own cats!
Seriously, what are you still doing here on my blog? Go and watch it already!!
It’s available on 千寻影视 (qian-xun-ying-shi) app, or you can also watch it online HERE.
Since I’m so nice, I might as well give you the links to all four episodes aired so far!
If you watch it on Qian-xun, it’s the entire episode with all the three couples, but the Dailymotion links that I’d given you above are only the SJR-KSE cut ^^
If you’re curious and wanna watch the other couples on Dailymotion, click HERE.
(I absolutely adore Hong Jong Hyun! But Yura’s laughter can be a little overwhelming sometimes…. And I totally cannot stand the other couple, Hong Jin Young and Nam Goong Min. Hope they leave the show after their 200-day anniversary trip to Jeju!)
This is a very popular fansite when it comes to Korean variety shows and also anything relating to SNSD coz the owner of the site is a SONE (=SNSD fan). You can click HERE to check out what other shows she shares on her site.
Sorry, Chinese subs only coz I personally prefer Chinese subs since the Chinese language is a lot closer to the Korean language than English. the Chinese sites tend to be faster with their translation too!
We Got Married airs on Korean broadcasting station MBC every Saturday evening, so the Chinese-subbed vids are usually out by Sunday!
Did you see those arms? It appears that he doesn’t just have hot arms, his entire body is smokin’!
And after watching the first ep, I got incredibly excited and went to squeal on Twitter. FELLOW NOONA FAN YEN replied my tweet to tell me she’s just as besotted and we were yakking about how hot this guy is and all that jazz.
Anyway, yen told me Song Jae Rim’s appeared in a very recent TVN drama about some mermaid… Oh, I totally love TVN! It’s sorta brought back romantic comedies that I love love love to bits and pieces!
Besides, being a cable channel, it can afford to go a little racier and sexier than the usual TV stations *giggles*
Back to the TVN drama, it’s called SURPLUS PRINCESS. Song Jae Rim’s the second lead though.
The drama was supposed to be a 14-16 ep one, but unfortunately ratings wasn’t impressive enough and IT GOT TRIMMED DOWN TO 10!
Feel so sad for the cast coz they were obviously hoping that the drama would do well! i was just reading THIS COSMOPOLITAN INTERVIEW and they were still happily talking about the drama having 16 episodes…
The drama wasn’t that bad lah! A little silly and fluffy, but hey, don’t we all need a bit of marshmallow and cotton candy in our lives?
It was 10 episodes of light-hearted entertainment to me. And one of fave Korean entertainment sites SEOULBEATS agrees with me, yay!
And I can’ really talk about Song Jae Rim and this mermaid drama without at least giving his apple hips a mention!
So funny how the female lead, yessss, the mermaid, was so obsessed with his butt!
And omona! They were already indulging in some UNDERWATER DEEP KISSING (oh well, as deep as TV allows) in the first episode! And she grabbed his butt!!
Incidentally, my BFF is also following We Got Married religiously and fervently. Yes, coz of this electrifying couple, hehe! We got to talking about it over our KFC dinner last Saturday, and I shared with her thr apple hips part in the drama (since she ain’t watching it.)
Her response after I googled and showed her the apple hips photos from the drama? Aigoo, she said she wished he’d turn around! *screams and fans self*
Since he’s a model before…. there actually are a few photos of his… front… *blushes* (You may wanna click HERE if you’re a curious cat too. Shhhh…)
Before I go off for my oops-itz-already-so-late sleep, I’ll leave you with one more tidbit on Song Jae Rim.
Whoa, he was actually in one of 2NE1’s earlier MV! Song’s called Go Away, and he played CL’s abusive boyfriend.
Go watch, he was sporting longish hair during that time. HERE’s the link!
That was a rather pleasant experience and I’d gone away telling myself I oughta go back for a return visit. Really wanna try the chicken and eat them while still piping hot this time! And, hehe, I was craving for andong chicken (Jjimdak)!
The most irritating thing about Chicken Up is that they don’ take reservations and I heard the waiting time can be one to two hours! I can’t imagine waiting that long for a table!
Anyway we decided to go early so that we had a better chance to get a table without waiting long. Dinner time starts from 5:30PM at Chicken Up and we managed to get one of the few remaining tables when we got there close to 6:30PM.
We had three different starters, three different types of chicken and we also had the andong chicken. My suggestion for everyone eating there is not to order everything at one go. Yup, consider pacing your orders so that food is served progressively and you can eat them while hot.
What’s better than yummylicious Korean Fried Chicken (KFC)?
Piping hot KFC!
Me a fan of tofu kimchi, so we ordered that.
I believe most places serve the tofu plain (and white, hee!) But at Chicken Up, they actually pan-fry the tofu. In case you haven’t tried this before, you might wanna know the kimchi’s served hot too, not cold like banchan (side dish).
My verdict? Not bad! But I suspect the chef has adapted the dish to suit local palette, so the kimchi is less fermenty-sour. Me hardcore, I like my kimchi ‘old’ ^^
Good as a starter, so go for it!
We also ordered the corn cheese, supposedly a specialty with a thumb-up symbol on the menu. We didn’t try this the last round, so was curious about how good this is.
Not sure if it’s me, but I kindda don’t think the cheesy taste goes that well with corn. The cheese overwhelms the corn and it’s a waste coz I totally couldn’t taste the sweetness of the corn.
I’d say this is missable.
I remember enjoying the seaweed roll with jabchae (Kim Mal E) the last round, so we ordered it again last night.
Hmmm… this was better the first time around. I still like the jabchae filling (me biiiiig fan of jabchae!), but can’t say I like the overall taste the second time I tried it last night. I think it was the sauce I didn’t like.
Perhaps I could ask them to serve it fried with no sauce the next round? Or I could just order the jabchae!
For the chicken, we had ordered the ganjang (soy) chicken first…. coz that’s my fave, keke! And it’s as tasty as I had rememberedit to be!
We also ordered the Yangnyum chicken, or what I called the niam-niam chicken. Hee, niam-niam is sticky in Hokkien! It’s OK, not my fave… think I prefer my KFC drier! Guess it really boils down to a matter of preference.
Next up is Spicy Up!
There are two spicy versions of KFC at Chicken Up. Spicy Up is the milder one, and the supposedly more lethal one is named Suicide.
I quite like Spicy Up. I think it brings out the essence of KFC very very well. Like I’d sharedbefore, KFC is about removing the fats under the skin and double-frying it. Yup, that’s how you get the uniquely crispy KFC!
It is quite spicy, but bearably and excitingly so! Go for it!
Saving the best for last! After polishing the KFC off the plates, we moved on to the andong chicken!
Don’t wanna repeat myself much since I’d already sorta reviewed this in that earlier post. This dish was as fab the second time around. Still, not quite the same as the andong chicken in Korea, but Chicken Up’s version is still a very sumptuous one.
The gravy here ain’t as thick and dense as those n Korea, and over in Korea, they’re also a lot more generous with the chicken, potatoes and glass noodles. And oh, the potatoes are a lot softer and melt-in-your-mouth over in Korea.
Where’s the boooooze, you’re asking?
Since we had already tried the rose soju, apple soju and pineapple soju, we decided to go ‘mainstream’ and order what every other table seems to be ordering at Chicken Up.
Zzang! Presenting watermelon soju ($38)!
They would halve the watermelon, dig out the watermelon flesh, blend it into a yummylicious juicy mesh, pour it back, and serve it at your table, complete with dry ice. Yah, it’s actually ‘steaming’ when the server brings the watermelon to your table. They would pour the soju from the bottle into the watermelon at your table.
And yes, you drink this with bowls.
Flower formation optional, haha!
Refreshingly sweeeeeeeeet and niiiiice! If you don’t usually like soju, you might still wanna give this a try, coz the watermelon blend sorta takes away the bitterness and the ‘bite’ of soju.
It’s not cheap to have a Korean meal in Singapore, and even more expensive if you wanna drink too.
So, you might wanna consider the Death by Chicken buffet and/or the all-you-can-drink-for-two-hours Drown by Beer.
Whenever I’m back from a trip in Korea, for months I’ll be lamenting why I didn’t eat more Korean food, and why I didn’t drink more and visit more makgeolli bars and all… It’s delicious and jinjja outstanding value-for-money over there!
We had a lot of fun last night, eating, drinking and yakking away! Hee, we took some welfies to ‘document’ the good times!
Reluctant to call it a night too early, we moved on to Miss Molly’s nearby for second round. Simple, little gem of a hipster cafe! And hehe, they’d put up cute little Halloween touches all around too! Here’s DANIEL FOOD DIARY’ SHORT INTRO on Miss Molly’s.
We were quite lucky to find the place half full when we arrived, coz it was full house soon after we were seated!
They’re famous for their rainbow cake, but hehe, we were too full from dinner to really eat cake.
The night ended on a rich and sweet note with this! (Okie, I ‘stole’ the photo from Emz…)
Hours: (Lunch, Mon-Fri) 12nn to 2:30pm
Dinner (Mon-Thu) 5:30pm to 2am, (Fri/Sat) 5:30pm to 3am, (Sun) 5:30pm to 12am
Tel: +65 6327 1203 / 9655 9088
48 Tanjong Pagar Road (S)088469
MRT: Tanjong Pagar Station, Exit A
Chicken Up is at the end of Tanjong Pagar Road, towards the Maxwell direction. It is next to 2D1N BBQ restaurant.
Opening Hours: (Mon-Fri) 11:30AM to 11:00PM,
(Sat) 12:00 to 11:00PM, (Sun & PH) Closed
Tel: +65 6222 2671
2 Craig Road (S)089662
I’ve been wanting to get this off my (not much of a) chest for the loooooongest time, but some days nights, I get tempted by the call of the Korean variety shows, and on other days nights, I just ain’t in the mood, so I fake a headache, keke!
But I reckon I’d better get started on it before people start thinking this is a food blog. I mean, a food blog with really outstanding (NOT!) photos. Ya, of course I’d noticed that I’d blogged a string of food posts *looks down at feet but obstructed by tum*
Here in Singapore, we have a government that is pro-business, pro-growth and one that believes very strongly in tripartite relations (i.e. government, employers and workers).
Amongst other things, it believes that in order for us to survive and thrive in our small, little, resource-scarce red dot of an island, we need a business-friendly environment so that there will be employment opportunities for all.
What, then, about NTUC, the Labour Movement of Singapore? What are its beliefs? Well, our Labour Chief, Lim Swee Say, recently said this during an interview with MOTHERSHIP,
Given this, it is hardly surprising that we don’t have Minimum Wage here in Singapore. To just implement something like this wholesale is more dangerous than it looks. Sure, it’s a quick fix.
We’ve a humongous rich-poor gap?
We have lotsa poor people?
Just implement Minimum Wage. Easy-peasy.
Really? If so, why then are some of the so-called strongest and biggest economies of the world WITH Minimum Wage still struggling with the same rich-poor divide problem? If so, why are the poor people supposedly well taken care of by the Minimum Wage system still taking to the streets to protest?
Obviously, something’s not right.
I love love love how THE SMART LOCAL has attempted to explain why Minimum Wage is a terrible idea in such layman terms.
Problem #1: Minimum Wage too high – Workers lose Jobs
Problem #2: Minimum Wage limits future wage increase
Problem #3: Minimum Wage becomes Maximum Wage
It even has a sharply succinct (but rather painful!) image to illustrate the pitfalls. Super apt!
(image cr: TheSmartLocal.com)
Think Yahoo! agrees with me that it’s a good article, coz I saw the article being syndicated HERE!
I know of some rather loud people making a lot of noise online (and aigooooo, even offline!) about how we should have Minimum Wage in Singapore to help the poor, blah blah blah.
Look, I ain’t heartless. I grew up in a poor family myself, mind you, so I’m all hearts, starry eyes and pinky toes for the poor, especially if they’re old too.
But seriously, it’s already been proven that Minimum Wage doesn’t help the situation at all. It’s only a very, very short-term solution.
Me gonna be snarky here and not name names, but one (he thinks he’s very) SEXY SPIDER has attempted to impress confuse the public with figures, charts and graphs, but he aint telling you everything you need to know.
While Mr Smexy is calling for Minimum Wage and all that jazz in the name of speaking up for the poor in Singapore, he has not shared the other half of the complete picture with you.
Overall, they found that just a $1 increase in the minimum wage was “associated with a 1.48 percentage point increase in the unemployment rate,” and a “0.18 percentage point decrease in the net job growth rate.”
I’ve already shared HERE that Minimum Wage usually ends up making things worse for the very people it tries to help.
With the Minimum Wage in place, businesses tend to recruit and retain people with better qualifications and higher skills, leaving out those who truly need help, and those who truly need the jobs. The people who suffer are typically young people without work experience, the elderly, and also those who are less educated or less skilled.
Besides, how much is enough Minimum Wage? Even if it’s in place, that’s not the end of the rich-poor divide discussion. The new point of contention would be how much, and politicians, businesses, unions and the people will probably be moving their argument to whether or not to raise the Minimum Wage, and by how much.
To put it crudely, the Minimum Wage sometimes ends up depriving people of jobs. Coz what it does is that it effectively ‘lays off’ workers who are paid below the prescribed Minimum Wages.
From the same U.S. study, it also unveiled these figures and facts that some spiders and HAMSTERS would prefer that we don’t see.
A higher minimum wage thus led to the unemployment of 747,700 workers and a job growth reduction of 83,300 jobs, the study claims.
The study noted that minimum wage hikes especially took a toll on the employment opportunities for young and low-skill workers.
Many of us have often looked to the Swiss when referring to some ideal standards of living and stuff, ya?
Even they, a whopping 76% of them, rejected Minimum Wage.
Smart peeps, I’d say.
Seriously, if Minimum Wage’s as good as it’s supposed to be, why are the people voting ‘NO‘? Surely the people would WANT to have the security of a high minimum wage, no? But 76% of the Swiss voted ‘NO‘.
Supporters (and that include unions) said the move was necessary for people to lead a decent life.
Critics said it would only raise production cost and increase unemployment. The Swiss Business Federation went so far as to say it would harm low-paid workers in particular.
I agree with our Labour Chief Lim Swee Say that Minimum Wage can be a zero sum game. (See HERE and HERE)
Each school of thought has its own pros and cons, and there’s no way to completely win the debate simply because in a perfect world we live not. We don’t have perfect information, we don’t have unlimited resources, and we don’t have great foresight all the time. So each economy, each society just picks a model that works sufficiently well and with values that resonate with its people and yes, life goes on.
It really is the easiest thing to just say ‘YES’ to Minimum Wage. U.S. President Obama said this,
“Let’s give America a raise, and make our economy stronger!”
Sure, sounds very nice, and the proposed increase of their Minimum Wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour would give a very welcomed raise to Americans who already have jobs earning the Minimum Wage. But, that’s assuming they still have their jobs after the raise. Unfortunately, that is unlikely to be the case.
Why? Coz sure, the government can mandate a higher Minimum Wage, but the painful truth is some jobs simply do not produce enough economic value to bear the increase. So what happens then? What the heck do you expect to happen when costs go up without any productivity improvement? Well, the business can either increase prices and pass the costs to consumers, or the business can try to cut costs in some other way for awhile, and then close shop.
Go read THIS WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE that so clearly articulated why Minimum Wage is really Maximum Politics. A quick fix, but no fix… and it’s a very useful political tool to buy votes… until people realize that implementing or increasing Minimum Wage comes with a cost.
Click HERE for yet another article that shared the view that it is politics, not economics, that’s driving the Minimum Wage debate.
I’m no mouthpiece for anyone, but I know what sort of Singapore I want.
The last thing I want for us, at least for now, is to turn into a welfare state, or to turn to a Minimum Wage system. However, the government has to acknowledge that there is really a rich-poor divide and the income gap is something that they will have to address. And meanwhile, we have to reach out and help the poor, the old and the destitute, as a country and as a society.
Yes, am talking about the PROGRESSIVE WAGE MODEL. I’ve already blogged about it at length, so I won’t bore you.
What I’ll do instead is to give you recommended reading! Haha, am sure those familiar with my blog will know that one of the ‘key highlights’ of this blog is that there’re always lotsa reading links!
Mr My15HourWorkWeek has blogged a piece on Progressive Wage Model for the cleaning sector HERE that really touched me. I’ve already said so in a comment to him and also on FB when I’d first read his blog post. He’d said,
And anyway, I am willing to pay 50 cents more for every hawker dish if the bulk of it goes to raising wages for our cleaners. Or higher conservancy fees.
I hope you would be willing too as that plate of char kway teow priced at $3 is an anomaly that is not seen in other developed countries. It’s indirectly subsidised heavily by our cleaners.
I thought those were such powerful words.
Yea, me too. Would be more than willing to pay a little more for my food if it helps the cleaners.
(image cr: feveravenue.com)
And know what?
One of the things I love love love about the blogosphere is how people and blogs can be connected in the most surprising ways.
Hehe, this is the cue to bring out one of my fave words in the world, it must be serendipity!
A couple of months back, a certain personal finance blogger GOT MONEY GOT HONEY was lambasting HERE and HERE that Singapore has adopted the Minimum Wage.